Liver Cancer Patient Stories
Liver, Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Cancer
As a school nurse, Carol Hobson knew the importance of taking care of her own health.
After 23 years in the field, Carol retired in January 2011 at the age of 67. In June, while experiencing severe left shoulder pain, Carol’s husband, Wayne, took her to the emergency room at their local hospital. Doctors performed several tests which were inconclusive. Carol was sent home to follow up with her family doctor.
When Deborah Dahl recalls being in her late 20s and single in 1992, it's probably not what you would expect. After experiencing stomach pains, she went to her doctor, who ordered a colonoscopy.
The colonoscopy results were alarming. At the young age of 29, Deborah had colon cancer.
She had the cancer surgically removed at her local hospital. Unfortunately, during the surgery, doctors found the cancer had spread to her liver.
As far as John Craig is concerned, Dr. Nestor Esnaola is a doctor second to none. The 73-year-old retired postal worker had been feeling lucky in his life. Then after the sudden loss of his grandson, John ended up in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer in May 2013. Tests revealed something more: John had liver cancer.
When he retired in 1990 at the age of 57, Donald Ebaugh was likely one of the most active retirees in Delaware. After retiring from the State's Medical Laboratory Division in Dover as a medical lab technician, he devoted much of his time to caring for horses, both as a trainer and rider. In 2015, at the age of 82, he still spends time with his horses, but two bouts with cancer have caused him to slow down.
Jessica Basciano is a proven fighter. At 31 years old and 31 weeks into her pregnancy with her second daughter, doctors discovered a large mass on her liver. After 5 weeks of bed rest, and the delivery of a healthy baby girl, Jessica had an MRI and was diagnosed with an adenoma, or a non-cancerous mass. In August of 2003, Jessica had the mass removed at a well-respected Philadelphia hospital. Shortly afterward, she learned that the mass was cancerous. Jessica had primary liver cancer.